The United Nations, in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) will help in reintegrating the women and children rescued from Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria.
Mr Sani Datti, NEMA Senior Information Officer, who stated this on Sunday in Abuja, said that Mr Muhammad Sani-Sidi, Director-General NEMA, and Mr Daouda Toure, UN Resident Coordinator, made the pledge at the weekend while interacting with Internally Displaced Persons at Malkohi Camp in Yola, Adamawa.
According to the statement, NEMA, in collaboration with UN agencies, has mobilised a team of experts in psycho-trauma counseling, and medical doctors to provide all the necessary medical care to the rescued victims of Boko Haram insurgency.
It stated that the UN had directed relevant agencies under it to provide needed assistance and support to the inmates, while NEMA had engaged tailors to sew at least five sets of clothes for each of the rescued persons who arrived in the camp with only the clothes they wore.
“There are about 63 unaccompanied children and six pregnant women only among the rescued persons. Most of the rescued children are severely malnourished and have eye infections,’’ the statement quoted Sani-Sidi as saying.
It said the UN Resident Coordinator pledged the full support of UN agencies to the Nigerian government in providing the needs of the rescued women and children and also facilitate their reintegration with their families.
“The world and their families have missed them and we would do all we can to ensure they return to their normal lives,’’ it quoted Toure as saying.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian Army recently rescued hundreds of women and children from the Sambisa forest in Borno and later handed them over to NEMA for rehabilitation.